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Saturday 23rd March 2019

Paul Hollywood hits back at claims he's been 'axed from BBC show and replaced by estranged wife’

It comes after Paul reportedly fell out with co-star Mary Berry

Paul Hollywood has denied he's been axed from BBC's Good Food Show and replaced by his estranged wife, Alex.

During last year's event, it was reported that Paul fell out with his former co-judge Mary Berry over his treatment of Alex after Paul dumped her and started dating new girlfriend Summer Monteys-Fullam.

It was recently claimed that Alex will be taking Paul's place alongside Mary at the BBC event.

Alex is reportedly taking Paul's place alongside Mary at the BBC event (Credit: Wenn)

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A source has told The Sun: "Mary has made it clear where her loyalties lie - and it's not with Paul.

"And to avoid any awkwardness with Paul, she's more than happy to work with Alex and help boost her profile as a budding celebrity cook."

However, a rep for Paul told ED!: "Paul has a great relationship with Good Food Show.  Unfortunately, he is not available for the June show. We are currently discussing dates for later in the year.

"He has a long standing relationship with Good Food and has not been sacked."

During last year's Good Food Show, Mary and Paul both did cookery demonstrations at the NEC in Birmingham.

Mary and Paul at the NEC in Birmingham (Credit: Wenn)

She’s more than happy to work with Alex and help boost her profile as a budding celebrity cook.

Paul was accompanied by his partner Summer, 23.

However, The Sun claimed at the time that Mary snubbed Summer and would not be pictured with her former Bake Off colleague.

She also apparently refused to be on stage with him, insisting: "He is always working an angle."

And when Paul suggested Mary should join him on stage, a source claimed she said "no quite forcefully".

Paul and Alex split in 2017 after 20 years of marriage.

Mary apparently refused to be on stage with him (Credit: Wenn)

Earlier this year, it was reported that Alex and Summer had a public confrontation in a Marks and Spencer in Kent.

The reports said that Alex accused Summer of hurting her and Paul's son with the affair, after which Summer and her friends pounded on the windows of Alex's car as she left the shop's parking lot.

Alex later denied the incident had occurred, posting a statement to her Twitter account.

Paul was reportedly not happy about the drama (Credit: Instagram)

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"Anyone who knows me will realise this report of an incident in Canterbury is not how I behave and those are not my words," she said.

"Uncorroborated untruths and 'anonymous' letters only serve to fuel the unpleasant stories generated about the very distressing breakdown of my marriage.

"I will continue to stand tall, continue to be me, keep my integrity and remember 'this too shall pass.'"

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